FRANK COVETS THE CUP
Frank Lampard has been talking about his burning desire to add an FA Cup winners' medal to his collection having powered Chelsea into today's fourth round draw against Macclesfield.
In common with many of the current playing and coaching personnel, the one domestic trophy that has so far eluded Lampard is the oldest of them all.
Yet with his father twice an FA Cup winner with West Ham, once before the birth of Frank Junior and once two years after, the traditions of the competition are not wasted on Chelsea's current stand-in skipper.
'The history of the competition is fantastic,' he told Chelsea's official radio partner Smooth FM 102.2 after the Macclesfield win.
'I grew up with the FA Cup, a lot of us in the dressing room did, and now we want to win everything we are involved in. The FA Cup is right up there.
'I really want to win it and we all do as Chelsea haven't since I've been at the club.'
With his side's first three goals in Saturday's 6-1 win finished off by the boot of Lampard, he had performed the second hat-trick of his career. The first was in a League Cup success over Walsall in his first full West Ham season back in November 1997.
'It was a big boost to me at the time,' he recalls, 'but this one also is a good feeling because I have been so long at Chelsea waiting for a hat-trick. I have been near a few times.
'The second goal was important for us. The equaliser was a mistake by Riccy [Carvalho] but there is no pressure on him as he has been playing fantastic.
'It was important for us to bounce back because we didn't want to go in at half-time at 1-1. That would give Macclesfield a big boost and they would come out and have a right go.
'But the second goal gave us a lead at half-time. It was hard enough for them without then going down to ten men. It is a shame sometimes when keepers get sent-off and it is a penalty anyway, but that killed the game off.'
Jose Mourinho revealed after the final whistle that his hat-trick hero had not even been pencilled in to appear on the pitch in the early stages. That was until Lassana Diarra lost his place due to lack of punctuality.
Lampard gives his side of the story.
'I had three days off. We went to the country with the baby and the dogs and I didn't expect to play.
'I turned up to be sub and then the manager told me. I was pleased, I love to play and he knows that.
'And you are especially pleased when you end up with a hat-trick - that makes it especially worth while!'